Field trips

IMA2018 is excited to announce five exciting field trips as part of the IMA2018 program.

Registration for all field trips will be through the IMA2018 registration site which is now live. For more information on how to register for the field trips and complete your meeting registration please click here.


Pre-meeting field trips

Central Victorian goldfields

Date: 9-11 August 2018
Cost: AUD 820.00 per person

Centred on the world-famous golden cities of Ballarat and Bendigo, the excursion visits the Ballarat Gold Museum, deep lead sites in the central highlands where Cenozoic volcanoes dot the landscape, the Central Deborah underground tourist mine at Bendigo, and the memorial to the discovery of the Welcome Stranger nugget at Moliagul.



Phillip Island — a window into Victoria’s geological history

Date: 12 August 2018
Cost: AUD 180.00 per person

Phillip Island’s geology is a microcosm of Victoria’s major igneous rock types. Devonian granite, Cenozoic basaltic lavas and Cambrian mafic volcanics (‘greenstones’) are exposed along the island’s picturesque southern coastline. All are accessible by beach walks and the excursion will visit a selection of the sites, from Cape Woolamai in the east to The Knobbies in the west. Note that the itinerary no longer includes the famous penguin parade. This is best visited separately by booking through the meeting’s designated tour operator.

Please note: Final itinerary subject to weather conditions

Post-meeting field trips

Volcanoes around Melbourne 
Date: 18 August 2018
Cost: AUD 150.00 per person

Melbourne’s northern suburbs extend onto a lava plain dotted with Cenozic volcanoes from around 3 to 7 million years old. The excursion visits the Organ Pipes National Park, an operating scoria quarry near Toolern Vale, the complex volcano of Mt Gisborne, the mysterious Hanging Rock trachyte dome, and returns to Melbourne via Mt Macedon.

Please note: Final itinerary subject to weather conditions.





Volcanoes of Western Victoria

Date: 19-21 August 2018
Cost: AUD 750.00 per person

The Western Victorian Volcanic Province preserves lava flows, scoria cones and maar craters dating from around 4.5 million years to several tens of thousands of years ago. A new eruption could occur at any time. The excursion visits some of the best known localities, including the spectacular maar craters of Lake Bullenmerri and Lake Gnotuk, the complex volcano of Mt Rouse, the lava tubes at the Byaduk Caves, and the magnificent maar crater of Tower Hill.





South Australia

Date: 19-24 August 2018
Cost: AUD 3,600.00 per person

The Northern Flinders Ranges exposes a Mesoproterozoic, U-Th-K enriched basement inlier at the boundary between the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Adelaide Geosyncline and the Mesozoic-Tertiary Lake Frome Embayment.

This extraordinary field trip will include visits to the following sites:

  • Arkaroola including a trip to the Silllers Lookout, at the terminus of the Ridgetop Track for spectacular views over the Lake From Embayment and Beverley U mining operations.
  • Mount Gee: Mount Gee was entered on the Register of the National Estate in 1982 due to its “spectacular mass of quartz crystal and vughular, lining the cavities of crush breccias. It is part on an exceptionally well preserved Paleozoic continental epithermal system, that also is associated with REE and uranium mineralization (mined early on as a source of radium).
  • Paralana Fault: neotectonics and mineralization (Cu-Au-U) along this major fault. Remnant hydrothermal activity at the radiogenically heated Paralana hot springs.
  • Brachina Gorge Geological Trail – a section across the Neoproterozoic to the Cambrian. See Ediacaran fossils and the Tsunami associated with the Acraman meteorite impact, and walk on the Proterozoic – Cambian boundary.




Minerals of Western Tasmania

Date: 20–24 August 2018
Cost: AUD $1250.00 per person

Western Tasmania is a highly scenic, wooded and mountainous area which includes a highly deformed belt of rocks including MesoProterozoic to Cainozoic sediments, ophiolites, volcanics and granites. Mineralisation is prolific and diverse, and includes silver-lead-zinc, copper, gold, tin-tungsten, iron and PGE deposits, some world famous. The trip hopes to include visits to:

  1. The Kara magnetite-scheelite skarn deposit
  2. The Mt Bischoff tin mine
  3. Stichtite-chromite deposits at Dundas
  4. The Dundas crocoite mines

Some of these sites will include opportunities for collecting interesting minerals, including crocoite.

Note that there may be some walking involved, and probably cold wet weather conditions at times.

Registration for all field trips will be through the IMA2018 registration site which is now live. For more information on how to register for the field trips and complete your meeting registration please click here.